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There’s a switch that goes off in a child’s head when she hears an unpopular opinion or has a new cultural experience. She’s not quite sure what to make of it after normalizing certain behavior. Is that culture right? Is that opinion wrong? Why didn’t anyone tell her sooner? …

I’m still confused about why what looks like a stop sign translates to “high” instead of “stop.” I would be ready to stop at each of these signs that really mean “loud.” (Photo credit: Florida-Guidebook.com/Unsplash)

“Why do you keep translating your emails?” the owner asked. “You send them in Spanish and some other gibberish I don’t even understand.”

I understand why he asked me this. To him, translating meeting minutes and other condo board emails is the responsibility of the recipient. …

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I saw a new message pop up from one of my clients: “WTF regarding Rittenhouse :( My mouth is on the floor.” I wasn’t sure what this client was talking about. I’d walked my dog an hour before and immediately logged in for a virtual conference afterward. I hadn’t been…

This is not the woman, but I’ve bookmarked this photo for the longest and waited for a good time to use it. (Photo credit: mulugeta wolde/Unsplash)

Marriage has never been something that was on my mind growing up or even now, but I love seeing a good, heart-warming marriage proposal. And when a marriage proposal includes Adele singing live onstage (right before her new album “30” released), how could it get any better?

On Oct. 24…

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Imagine walking into a library and “borrowing” a human being’s time instead of loaning a book to the patron. It’s an interesting concept that I just read about on CNN. In the post, “A human book can be an alcoholic, for example, or a Muslim, or a homeless person, or…

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I looked down at my phone, somewhere between confused and furious. My boss had just asked me for the magazine page number to read about an interviewee. The feature story wasn’t due for a month, and she’d had several weeks to ask me this question before. Instead, she waited until…

BLACK VOICES IN MARKETING

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I received a survey today regarding freelance writers, working for traditional publishers and literary agents, and what it’s like to write for Medium. One question stuck out in my mind while reading this: Do you worry about people stealing your work?

I smiled when I read it, chuckling at an…

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Three times and counting — that’s the amount of times I’ve watched “The Harder They Fall” since it released on Netflix on November 3rd. Then I went down the rabbit hole of interviews, watching everything from Regina King try to cut another apple in one long slice to her and…

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